Safeway, Ready Pac Foods recalling four Safeway Farms brand bagged salads in 14 states due to possible E.coli contamination

PLEASANTON, California , November 17, 2011 (press release) – In cooperation with the Ready Pac Foods recall of bagged salads containing romaine lettuce due to possible E.coli O157:H7 contamination, Safeway is recalling four Safeway Farms brand bagged salads in 14 states. The following salads with the "Best if Used By" dates, Lot Numbers and UPC codes below are subject to the recall:

Product Name: Safeway Farms Caesar Romaine (10 oz.); Best If Used By: Nov. 18, 2011; Lot Number: IR501788; UPC: 0-21130-98350-6

Product Name: Safeway Farms Hearts of Romaine (9 oz.); Best If Used By: Nov. 18, 2011; Lot Number: IR501789; UPC: 0-21130-98358-2

Product Name: Safeway Farms Supreme Caesar Complete Kit (10 oz.); Best If Used By: Nov. 18, 2011; Lot Number: IR501785; UPC: 0-21130-33677-7

Product Name: Safeway Farms Southwestern Ranch Complete Kit (10.25 oz.); Best If Used By: Nov. 18, 2011; Lot Number: IR501786; UPC: 0-21130-33679-1

The "Best if Use-by Date" and Lot Number can be found in the upper left hand corner of the package. The UPC code is located on the back of the bag.

The recalled salads were sold between November 7 and November 16 at Safeway, Carrs, Pavilions, Pak 'N Save, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons stores in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming.

Ready Pac's voluntary recall was initiated based on a single positive random sample result for E.coli O157:H7 reported to Ready Pac by the FDA. While no illnesses have been reported to date, customers who purchased this product should discard it or return it for a full refund.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Customers with questions about this recall can contact a Ready Pac Consumer Affairs representative, (800) 800-7822, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or contact Safeway at 1-800-SAFEWAY.

Contact: Teena Massingill, 925-467-3810, Teena.Massingill@Safeway.com

SOURCE Safeway Inc.

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